ART, ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY TOUR

Centuries at the crossroads of cultures shaped the multi-textured Iberian Peninsula. Spain and Portugal are havens for art and history enthusiasts, and this tour covers the best of region in 2 weeks.

Picasso-at-Reina-SofiaDAYS 1-2: Barcelona, Spain. Start with a guided tour of Sagrada Familia (inside & outside, including climbing of the towers). We’ll also go on a guided walk through Parc Güell. At night, we’ll go on a guided bike/segway ride through Barrio Gothic/El Borne (2 nights in Barcelona).

DAYS 3-4: Madrid, Spain. An expert-guided tour of classical art at the Prado Museum & modern masterpieces at the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid’s two must-sees for art-lovers. We’ll also go on a guided walk through the Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid’s Central Park. We’ll attend a Flamenco show at Corral de La Moreira. We’ll also go on a guided bike/segway ride through the very “metrosexual” Chueca and “hip” Malasaña neighborhoods (2 nights in Madrid).

DAYS 5-9: Andalusia, Spain. including: Granada, Cordoba and Seville. We’ll take a guided tour of Alhambra and Albayzin in Granada. We’ll also go on a guided tour of Cordoba’s Mezquita, along with the city’s emblematic Jewish quarter and some of the neighborhood’s prize-winning patios, as well as a visit to the Museum of Sephardic Jews to learn about the long history of Spain’s Jewish culture. We’ll go on a guided tour of Seville’s monumental Cathedral and the magical former Moorish Palace and gardens (Alcazar). (2 nights in Granada, 1 night in Cordoba, and 1 night in Seville).

DAY 10: Evora, Portugal. We’ll start with a guided tour of the infamous Chapel of Bones and go through the town’s ancient Chapel of Bones (4)streets with stops at the aqueduct, ruins of a Roman Temple, old city walls, and the Cathedral (1 night in Evora).

DAYS 11-12: Lisbon (with Sintra), Portugal. We’ll begin with a guided walk around the city’s most picturesque Alfama district and waterfront neighborhood of Belem with some of Lisbon’s most important monuments (including Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Torre de Belem) and one very popular place to try Portuguese tarts. We’ll tour the city’s landmark Castelo de Sao Jorge to admire the vistas of the city and the ocean. We’ll then visit Lisbon’s “glorious Eden” also known as Sintra, just west of the city. We’ll join a guided tour and enjoy the intimacy of the small but impressive Gulbenkian Museum with a world-renowned collection of art. Finally, we’ll enjoy fine Portuguese cuisine at some of the city’s top-rated restaurants in Baixa or Bairro Alto (2 nights in Lisbon).

masterpieces-at-Thyssen-(4)DAYS 13-14: Porto, Portugal. We’ll go on a guided walk through Cais de Gaia with unforgettable vistas of Cais de Ribeira and the skyline beyond. This includes stops at several of the picturesque boats docked at the side of the river and Port Wine warehouses (where most of the world’s supply of Port is stored and aged). This will be followed by a walk into the alleys uphill, where 19th century manor houses and even more port lodges can be found. We’ll be taken on a guided tour of the Serralves Museum, a world-class museum displaying cutting-edge international contemporary art in a striking minimalist building. Then we’ll go on a guided walk through Cais de Ribeira, a World Heritage Site and the city’s most picturesque district. Optional: A Duoro River port wine cruise can be arranged with stops at some of the most important port-producing facilities and villages along the river (2 nights in Porto).

DAY 15: Conclusion of Experience Spain tour.

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* Price tag: Majority of this itinerary can be done with a network of fast-speed trains available in Spain (however, not in Portugal). As a result, the approximate cost is in the range of $4,500 Euros, depending on the price of train tickets at the time of booking (which fluctuate from week to week), as well as the accommodation preferences that are communicated to us by the group.  See few examples of some of the Accommodation options that we offer to our customers (more would be provided at the time of booking).